Type of place
Indoor and outdoor

The best animal experience 

Our bespoke tours of Whipsnade Zoo will give you an exclusive look at the Zoo and give you the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.

We’ll ask all about your animal interests before you arrive, so that you can enjoy a tailored tour, guided by one of our zoo experts. You will get the chance to learn more about your favourite animals and our latest arrivals! There will be the chance to get closer to our animals, ask all your burning questions to our zookeepers and make incredible memories, whilst seeing some of the world’s most endangered species and ZSL’s vital wildlife conservation work. 

You have the chance to choose from two tour options and a range of exclusive add-ons to make your day even more special. After your tour, you will be able to explore Whipsnade Zoo for the rest of the day!

VIP Animal Tour 

What to expect on the day?

  • Early access to the Zoo  
  • An hour and a half bespoke tour with our animal team for up to six people, created with you.
  • An opportunity to meet a zookeeper and an animal

Price and availability 

Suggested donation of £1,000

We can deliver your experience across the year with the exception of Christmas Day, at a date agreed with us.

Ricky the rockhopper penguin at Whipsnade Zoo
Elizabeth the elephant in her outdoor pool at Whipsnade Zoo

Ultimate VIP Animal Tour 

What to expect on the day?
  • Early access to the Zoo
  • 2-and-a-half-hour bespoke tour for up to six people, created with you for a unforgettable experience
  • Multiple opportunities to meet our zookeepers and animals

Price and availability 

Suggested donation of £3,500

We can deliver your experience across the year, with the exception of Christmas Day at a date agreed with us.

Additional items 

If you would like to stay for lunch in our fantastic Terrace Restaurant, we can reserve a table for you for your meal. Further, for an additional charge we can arrange a special continental breakfast for you, before or after your tour.  

We can arrange and build goodybags for your group for an additional charge. 

If you would like to explore a unique VIP tour at Whipsnade Zoo, please contact us.

Important information to know when contacting us 

  • Please advise us of the number and ages of any children 
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. 
  • Please share your favourite animals with us when booking, to create a completely bespoke experience
  • Let us know if you would like any additional items added to your experience, including breakfast (at an additional cost). 
  • Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any disabilities or learning difficulties 
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate 

Wildlife conservation at the Zoo and beyond

Asian elephant herd in the wild
Leading wildlife conservation

Zoo conservation in action

When you have a big day out at Whipsnade Zoo, you’re helping animals around the world – in a big way!

Our animals

  • A cheetah at Whipsnade Zoo
    Acinonyx jubatus


    Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 100km per hour (70mph) and are the world's fastest land mammal.

  • Chimps eating at Whipsnade Zoo
    Pan troglodytes


    Chimps are more closely related to humans than gorillas, and you can watch our chimps regularly use tools at the Zoo.

  • Reticulated giraffe Khari at Whipsnade Zoo
    Giraffa reticulata

    Reticulated giraffe

    Giraffes have the same number of neck bones as people, their heart beats twice as fast as human's and they stand at 2 metres tall as new a new born giraffe.

  • Amur tiger at Whipsnade Zoo
    Panthera tigris altaica

    Amur tiger

    Discover incredible facts about Amur tigers.

  • Two white rhinos at Whipsnade Zoo in their outdoor paddock with gemsbok in the background
    Ceratotherium simum ssp. simum

    Southern white rhino

    White rhinos are the largest rhino species weighing up to 2.3 tonnes which is heavier than a car!

  • Common hippo at Whipsnade Zoo
    Hippopotamus amphibius


    Hippos make their own 'sunscreen', which they secrete through their skin to keep it moist and protect them from the sun's rays.

  • Our animals